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Meg Ryan and Judith Regan “Below the Radar” on Table One

1003_mockup.gifThe spring power lunch season has officially begun at Michael’s with plenty of famous faces and talking heads (Charles Grodin, Star Jones, Lawrence O’Donnell) mixed in with the usual suspects today. None other than Meg Ryan turned up with Judith Regan and slipped in practically unnoticed. Ah, but it’s my job to tell you these things.

In the ‘six degrees of separation’ world that is the dining room at 55th and Fifth, Judith and I grew up in the same hometown of Bay Shore on Long Island. Her mother was often my substitute teacher in high school, and we’ve always had interesting chats whenever our paths have crossed. It’s been a while since I’ve seen the famously fiery ex-book publisher and she told me she’s adapted a new approach of “staying well below the radar” while working on her Sirius XM show. “No one even knows where I live,” she said. I knew better than to question the strategy of staying out of the limelight by sitting at Table One on a Wednesday at Michael’s, so we talked about mutual friends and exchanged pleasantries about our families. When Meg showed up, she couldn’t have been nicer as we chatted about our daughters who we adopted from China the same year, are the same age and both wear glasses. (Sorry, but it’s all OTR.) Later, on the way out, we talked a bit more and I suspected she had plenty more to say on the subject but didn’t want to get caught it the crush of folks lining up for their coats. Oh, well. Maybe next time.

I was joined today by Stu Zakim, public relations vet and “transformational executive” (How’s that for a title?) Mike Berman. Stu, a veteran marketing guru who has helped shaped the image of Showtime, Universal Pictures and Wenner Media, struck out on his own in 2010 with his own firm, Bridge Strategic Communications. His current clients include the Montclair Film Festival, now in its second year, and Mike, a turnaround specialist and business blogger who dispenses straightforward strategies on his blog, Berman Means Business. Stu has been working with Mike since last fall to extend the reach of his no-nonsense messaging espousing a holistic approach to building businesses. With recent headlines on media mash-ups and corporate meltdowns, we had plenty to talk about. Since Mike penned his first piece for CNBC’s website entitled “Five Turnaround Tips for Ron Johnson, JC Penney and Others” earlier this week, I thought a discussion about JCP’s embattled CEO was a good place to start. In a nutshell, says Mike, Johnson “was set up to fail — he can’t fix Penney’s.”

Mike Berman, Diane Clehane and Stu Zakim

He explains, “What’s happening with Ron Johnson is a metaphor for what’s wrong with business today. You can’t hire a rock star as if he’s just come down from the mountain top with the solution to every problem. No one person is able to do what he’s saying he can do.” According to Mike, Johnson’s first mistake was expecting an already beaten down team to buy into widespread change without first stabilizing the organization and clearly articulating a long term vision for the future. Letting 10,000 people go among a shell-shocked workforce didn’t help matters, either. “In the classic turnaround, you can be a hero by coming in and reducing staff, closing under performing stores or factories for the short-term, but in the long-term that doesn’t create value and kills the economy. Executives have to ask themselves, ‘How can I make sacrifices for the benefit of the entity?” Because so many companies rely on the slash-and-burn strategy as an immediate solution to stem the bleeding of their bottom line, Mike tells me he no longer works on “classic turnarounds” because he finds them “totally souless.” Now there’s something you don’t hear every day.

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Ann Curry, Tyra Banks, Peggy Noonan Receive 2012 Matrix Awards

Eight influential women were honored this afternoon at the New York Women in Communications 2012 Matrix Awards. The event was held at the Waldorf-Astoria and emceed by NY1 anchor Pat Kiernan.

Katie Couric, who presented a Matrix Award to Tyra Banks, walked the red carpet before the ceremony with a stool so the pair could (sort of) stand shoulder-to-shoulder (pictured). “I feel like I’m standing next to Shaquille O’Neal!” Couric quipped.

Couric’s ABC news colleagues  Josh Elliott, “20/20″ EP David Sloan and SVP of communications Jeffrey Schneider attended to honor Walt Disney EVP and chief communications officer Zenia Mucha. Mucha was presented by Barbara Walters.

In her speech, Walters said Mucha, a first-generation immigrant who lived in Poland until she was 9, “might just have the toughest job of anyone I know.”

“Even Mickey Mouse doesn’t make a move without checking with Zenia,” Walters said. Read more

2012 Matrix Award Honorees Announced

Tis’ the season for award news. Here’s another one: The Matrix Awards, which honor extraordinary women in the media world, have announced their 2012 honorees. Past winners have included Gloria Steinem, Arianna Huffington and Alice Walker, to name a few. The 2012 honorees are Tyra BanksGayle ButlerGlenn CloseMaria Cuomo ColeAnn CurryLaura DesmondZenia Mucha and Peggy Noonan.

The award ceremony — presented by New York Women Communications — will be held at the Waldorf-Astoria on April 23.

“We are pleased to recognize these eight extraordinary women for their remarkable achievements in communications,” said Catherine Mathis, President of New York Women in Communications. “These individuals, from top executives of worldwide corporations to award-winning journalists and global humanitarians, truly embody the Matrix Awards’ theme and we look forward to honoring them in April.”

Marcus Vanderberg Joins FishbowlLA

To fill the gap created by the summer departure of Tina Dupuy for a managing editor position with political blog CrooksandLiars.com, FishbowlLA would like to officially welcome Marcus Vanderberg as its newest co-editor.

Vanderberg (pictured) currently contributes to video-centric African-American community news site TheGrio.com and freelances for BET.com. The LA native was also a member for the past year of Mediabistro’s Sports Newser blog, which was recently shuttered.

Born in LA and raised in Inglewood, Vanderberg was the sports and entertainment editor at the Daily Sundial at Cal State Northridge, before transferring to Hofstra University in New York to complete his studies. He has interned with ESPN, Sports Illustrated, The Denver Post and AOL, and also covered the fantasy baseball beat for MLB.com.

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US Magazine Shares Misleading Joel McHale Headline

The headline reads: “Joel McHale: Not Allowed to Mock The Kardashians on The Soup.” But the text of the US Weekly interview article outlines something quite different:

“With the Kardashians, we’re not allowed to say they have a sex tape anymore because the network flips out.”

So McHale is still allowed to make fun of Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney, just as long as he doesn’t dredge up some ancient February 2007 business involving one-third of the gang and Vivid Entertainment. Bait-and-switch Internet headline notwithstanding.

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Digital Industry Vet to Help Tyra Banks Go ‘Type F’

On March 15th, Demand Media will launch, in partnership with Tyra Banks, a new beauty and fashion destination cheekily named TypeF.com. On board since last month as the venture’s general manager and senior vp is Lisa Kraynak (pictured).

Kraynak was a founding member of iVillage.com and senior vice president of digital media for NBC Universal from 2005 through 2009. She has also worked for Viacom and Intuit. Via the press release:

“This is an incredibly exciting opportunity to create a dynamic new branded consumer experience through innovative content, social media, and the inspiration of a powerful celebrity voice,” said Kraynak. “The new fashion and beauty capital of the world is now the Internet.”

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Lunch: Tim Gunn Talks ‘Age Appropriate Fashion’ with Grace Mirabella

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— DIANE CLEHANE

If we’d come by on Monday, we would have run into Tyra Banks at breakfast and Harold Ford, Jr. at lunch. Oh, well. Michael’s was still brimming with plenty of the usual suspects today, and more than a few did a double take when Tim Gunn arrived with legendary editor Grace Mirabella on his arm.

When Project Runway‘s unflappable designer mentor sat down with the former Vogue editor, I wasn’t surprised to overhear their conversation turn immediately to fashion. Tim was all ears when asking Ms. Mirabella (whose namesake magazine remains one of my all-time favorites) about her thoughts on age-appropriate looks for everything from jeans to evening wear. Gathering intelligence for all those fledgling fashionistas, no doubt.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Jack Myers of Jack Myers Media Advisory Group, presiding over a table of social media gurus: Huffington Post’s CEO Eric Hippeau, president Greg Coleman and senior vice president Phil Cara with Stephen Cannon of Mercedes Benz, Virgin Mobile’s Stacy Schwartz and Tom Cuniff of Combe Inc.

2. Peter Brown and John Reid

3. Producer John Hart (long time, no see!) with another distinguished looking white-haired gent

4. My good friend and publicist extraordinaire Catherine Saxton and Richard Smullen, co-founder and CEO of AdGenesis, beezag, and koppr. Catherine tells me she’s jetting off in a few days to Marabella to visit with “some Khashoggis.” Send us a postcard!

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Tyra Banks Won’t Be Upstaged By Oprah’s Departure

After five years of giving away Vaseline in the most psychotic way possible, Tyra Banks is putting an end to her Emmy-award winning talk show.

The weavestress told People magazine today, “I’ve been loving having fun, coming into your living rooms, bedrooms, hair salons for the past 5 years.” So what’s Tyra going to do without “The Tyra Banks Show”? Well, she’s going to keep doing “America’s Next Top Model,” of course, and then, according to a source, “With Oprah‘s big announcement this year, I think that gave Tyra the confidence to get out there and follow her longtime dream of film producing.”

See, it really is all about Queen O. Not only that, but Banks has timed her departure to occur before Oprah’s, just so it won’t look like she’s copy-catting.

Read More: Tyra Banks Says Goodbye to Talk ShowPeople

Tyra Banks leaving talk show world before Oprah –Access Atlanta

FishbowlNY’s 2009 Lists: The Biggest Launches Of The Year

modern2.pngNews of magazine closures was, sadly, pretty prevalent throughout 2009. But, although 428 magazines folded during the year, according to MediaFinder.com, 275 launched.

Launching a magazine or Web site in the midst of a recession is never an easy task. But we think there are a few new pubs on the block that will be around for awhile. Even mediabistro.com got in the launching spirit, debuting four new blogs this year: WebNewser, MediaJobsDaily, BayNewser and eBookNewser.

As the year closes out, here’s a look at some of the biggest launches in print and online.

Magazines
Much-anticipated travel magazine Afar celebrated its launch in August with an opulent party, pretty unheard of these days.

getmarried.jpgGet Married proved that there is still room in the bridal magazine market, despite the closure of Modern Bride and Elegant Bride this year.

And Modern added another design magazine to the mix.

Cookie may have crumbled, but Bonnier Corp. successfully split its parenting magazine into two editions, Parenting Early Years and Parenting School Years, later raising the rate base of School Years.

Other notable launches: Children’s Health, Organic Beauty, Women’s magazine VAIN and two Reader’s Digest Association launches, DIY mag Fresh Home and Rick Warren‘s Purpose Driven Connection, which folded later in the year.

After the jump, online magazine and blog launches

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Tyra Banks Launches Web-Only Magazine

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Tyra Banks is taking one more step towards total media domination with the announcement of her new online-only magazine — or “magaline” — Tyra: Beauty Inside & Out.

Today’s WWD said the magazine will “feature an audio ‘manifesto’ that asks readers to dream big, ignore the haters, celebrate uniqueness and seek the beauty in everything.”

Banks stopped by the “Today” show this morning to chat with Natalie Morales about the upcoming season of “The Tyra Show” and “America’s Next Top Model,” as well as the new magazine.

“It’s not just a magazine…it talks back to you,” Banks said. “This is going to allow for a community of women. It’s real and it’s raw and it’s going to allow for a connection to me like you’ve never had before.”

Banks also said the online publication will discuss self-esteem and friendships as well as beauty, fashion and style. Banks’ Web site says that the launch of Tyra: Beauty Inside & Out will premiere on “Top Model.”

In other Tyra news, on the season premiere of her talk show, which airs today in New York at 4 p.m. on the CW, Banks will be showing her real hair. We might be tuning in to see that.

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